Annal: 2013 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Results of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in the year 2013.

Book:The Book of Hours

The Book of Hours

Marianne Boruch

Endearingly strange, unsentimental, and uniquely structured, in true Rilkean fashion The Book of Hours questions the meaning and significance of everything from the flaws of human interaction to perfect posture. Unrelenting honesty and exacting description are coupled with the trials of a dying mother, saint shadows, birds, and “shit drying to chalk.”

My mother’s body to wires, to tubes
and their liquid, days she turned toward me
or away, winter but so much sun
from car to door. I followed it past nurses
at their station talking movies, who’s good…[more]
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